REVIEW & AWARDS
'The majority (85%) estate, dry grown 44yo vines at Wilyabrup, the balance from the estate vineyard at Forest Grove. Complex vinification, 12 months in French oak (10% new). Bright crimson hue; a fresh vibrant, medium-bodied...Read More
He was Juniper Estate’s first winemaker when he joined owners Roger Hill & Gillian Anderson after they bought Wright’s Margaret River winery and vineyard in 1998. He hasn’t missed a beat since.
Richness, intensity, and drive. Spice, stone fruit and grapefruit. Some creaminess, plenty of grip, and drive though the finish, which has a kind of seaside brine and tang to it. Drink : 2019 -...Read More
This is so seductive, with supple red berry fruit and silky, savoury tannins and oak. Yet behind the veneer, there is powerful fruit that just needs time to unwind. Souring acidity adds life, while...Read More
Jumping out of its skin with its array of fresh tropical/passionfruit /aromas and flavours. No elaboration needed.
93 Points - Special Value
James Halliday 1st October...Read More
Cedar and spice and red licorice, red cherries and bright blueberries. The palate shows more bass, blacker cherries, still highly-toned. Tannins are ripe and this will develop the leathery, sinewed...Read More
Whole bunch pressed to barrel; wild ferment, with early battonage to build texture; 10m in French barriques (of which 45% new).
Almost reads as a textbook for well worked, premium Chardonnay. Oak and seasoning the...Read More
An 86/5/5/4% cabernet sauvignon, malbec, merlot and petit verdot blend; handpicked, 10-14 days on skins, matured 15 months in French barriques (20% new). High-quality fruit deftly handled for the price. The cabernet tannin...Read More
Another strong release from Juniper Estate. Buy with confidence across the whole Juniper range, there’s my tip. This is a blend of 65% Sauvignon Blanc and 35% Semillon, the fruit whole-bunch-pressed to barrel and matured...Read More
Juniper is a name rarely mentioned in the roundups of Margaret River’s top producers (usurped by names like Vasse Felix, Moss Wood, Cullen, Xanadu, Voyager and Leeuwin) but the wines are up...Read More
'If you want this wine offering the most flavour for your dollar, here it is. It offers ultra-fresh blackberry aroma and flavour and is beautifully balanced.'
2017 Shiraz Championship Tasting, Winewise, 25th...Read More
Bright, fresh and inviting are the words which pop into my head when pouring this wine and taking a whiff.
Scents of barbecued rissoles, fine pepper, dark berry fruit, sarsparilla and dark...Read More
'The Crossing range from Juniper Estate represents extraordinary value, particularly in a region not necessarily known for it.Approachable, varietal, and regional. Varietal, yes in a blend, in a blend that the region is known...Read More
Smoke and dried berries with earth and tile undertones. Hazelnuts, too. Medium to full body, round and juicy tannins and a delicious, flavourful finish.
The purity to the blackcurrants and sage and leafy undertones is really impressive. Lots of foresty undertones permeate the palate, which is sleek and acidity-driven yet dense and nicely...Read More
Beautiful white with sliced cooked-apple, light pie-crust and cream flavors. Lovely creamy texture. Medium to full body. Flavourful finish. Drink now. Screw cap.
Boysenberries, strawberries, vanilla and earth. Quite tightly wound on the palate for this grape, the steely tannins grabbing the sweetly spiced red fruit. Drink now.
A very pretty fiano that shows honeysuckle, loquat and white pepper. Medium-bodied with fleshy, layered stone fruit that’s spicy and livened up by bright acidity. Direct but quite soft...Read More
Exuberant brambleberry essence, blueberry tart, mint and eucalyptus. Medium to full body, soft and juicy tannins and a succulent, rounded finish. Drink now
Pretty plum and currant aromas and flavors with some citrus undertones. Medium body, soft tannins. Easy finish. A blend of 73% cabernet sauvignon, 16% merlot, 8.5% cabernet franc and 2.5% petit...Read More
A no-nonsense white with sliced-apple, light fennel and lime character, showing crisp acidity and a crunchy finish. Drink now. Screw cap.
Sourced from the Forest Grove Vineyard, it’s mainly Gin Gin and 95 clones – which is de rigueur for Margaret River – that is handpicked, wild ferment in barrel and then matured for 10 months in 45%...Read More
Lots of tar and spice on the nose, combining beautifully on the palate with black fruit and chocolate. Full body, round and silky tannins and a long and flavourful finish. Classy. Drink now or...Read More
There’s a whole world of dark fruit here, ranging from dark cherries to blackcurrants and then a ton of iodine, oyster shell and spices. Very dialed-in and grainy tannins complete the sleek...Read More
An exceptionally defined and concentrated wine with deeply ripe, cabernet black cherries and plums with roasting herbs and a tarry edge. The palate has majestically strong and rich tannins with...Read More
A very deep impression from the outset here with red and dark plums, as well as a fragrant, pastry-like edge of vibrant complexity. The palate has a very succulent, smoothly rendered feel that...Read More
Tight and structured white with cream, light vanilla, cooked-apple and stone flavors. Full body. Structured and foursquare with form and focus. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
The first Juniper wine I tasted, possibly some ten years ago when friends shared a bottle back in the day. If only serves to show how long Juniper have been playing with a variety that can be very...Read More
There's notable oak influence in this semillon-sauvignon, but those toasty and nutty notes don't shade a core of lemon-lime, melon and grassy characters too much. It tastes savoury and comes complete with tangy balance and a...Read More
A super delish Shiraz screaming value. Bright red fruit is rolled through a crust of crushed black pepper. Give it some time to settle and the fruit nudges it's way past all that peppery spice. Medium bodied, delivery is lush...Read More
‘Deepish colour, with a lick of oak on the first aroma, with some coffee-grounds notes; the palate full-bodied and firm with lots of grip and chew. There is big, full-bodied flavour and plenty of structure, which will...Read More
Brilliant! In a line up of five Cabernets on the bench, this was a cut above and then some schooling the rest with ease. Handpicked from unirrigated vines planted in 1973. A blend of 88% Cabernet with Petit Verdot, Malbec and...Read More
‘Hand-picked sauvignon blanc and semillon were whole-bunch pressed to French oak for wild fermentation, matured on yeast lees to build complexity and texture. The fruit flavours are intense, ranging through snow pea and...Read More
‘Margaret River totally dominates this category, able to invest the naturally intense flavours with complexity and structure without resorting to oak. The choice of special cultured yeasts in combination with...Read More
You’ll see impeccable balance in this delightful Margaret River red wine. Medium-bodied, it has finely-knit tannins, glorious blackcurrant and mulberry fruit along with a little tobacco leaf, well-integrated spicy oak...Read More
‘Deep red/purple youthful colour, the bouquet showing bright cassis and violet cabernet aromas, and the taste is supple and intense, bright, fresh and lively yet not at all shrill or callow. Very...Read More
Deepish youthful colour with a slightly smoky, earthy, red berry bouquet, and a little headiness. It's quite complex. The wine is medium-weight and lean-ish on the palate, tapering into a long,...Read More
Light yellow colour with a fresh, clean, brightly fruity aroma, with lots of charm. It's not simplistic but has savoury overtones, too. The palate is intense and has a little richness, and is long and quite layered. A superior...Read More
Single vineyard shiraz out of Margaret River.
Excellent shiraz. Berries dusted with milk chocolate, cloves sprinkled with potpourri, twigs struck into graphite. It has volume in a medium-weight...Read More
Tasted back in July as a pre-release, and again just now on release.
Pencil and perfume, dark fruit, earthy and complex, touch of choc-mint, vanilla and eucalyptus. Full bodied, dense and...Read More
Small berries, spice, mint, cedar, floral top notes. Medium-bodied, crisp and lively, red and black fruits, fine almost sandy tannin, tobacco and aniseed, tight long finish. It’s a wine of...Read More
Light, bright yellow colour, with a distinctive oak-driven bouquet. There are herbal and citrus-like sauvignon blanc nuances beneath the oak, but it's the barrels that rule the roost. The wine is...Read More
From the ‘Crossing’ (sic) not the ‘Estate’ range and given the denomination of ‘Small Batch’. A bunch of different clones contribute to the whole; it’s been a decade-long project for...Read More
Another of Juniper's reds showing that more refined and elegant style that captures this old-vine fruit exceptionally well. Blackcurrant and black olive nuances with a savoury meaty character. The...Read More
These estate shirazes from Juniper continue to impress. The style has been refined in recent years to achieve greater elegance and a subtler expression of the variety. It works well. Gravely...Read More
Lots happening in this excellent chardonnay. There’s a slightly funky aromatic at play here, then the palate features such beautiful textural qualities. It’s creamy, with butterscotch...Read More
This is a blend of the five varieties of Bordeaux. It delivers a soft and supple style with generosity and rich intensity. The oak and fruit combination is working very nicely, with those sinewy...Read More
Mark Messenger is doing some mighty good things with this variety. It’s whole-bunch pressed with 20 per cent going straight into oak for barrel fermentation. The oak influence is designed to...Read More
Mark Messenger aims to craft fine, elegant cabernet sauvignon, and it helps that the Wilyabrup vineyard has some decent vine age - planted in '73. It forms 88% of the blend with petit verdot,...Read More
Second release of this wine and it stands tall as a prime example of top malbec. The colour is fabulous - bright mid-ruby-purple; it's restrained in both flavour and palate weight, just shy of...Read More
A slinky and ultimately savoury shiraz, at its heart the beautiful fruit from the estate's dry-grown Wilyabrup vineyard. Complex yet composed flavours of dark fruits, an array of spices, graphite...Read More
A finer, leaner execution of this Bordeaux blend in this vintage but no less impressive. Heady with mulberries and cassis, pepper and woodsy spices with the tannins textural and surprisingly sandy;...Read More
According to winemaker Mark Messenger 'we aim for a bright fruit-driven style that is juicy and structured'. The mission has been completed in fine style but that said, he's underselling things a...Read More
Hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed to barrel, wild yeast fermentation, 10 months in French oak barriques, 40% new. Final quality assessment is the best barrels make the grade. A classy wine with...Read More
It's a slim-line version of Margaret River chardonnay but there's no keeping a good wine down; its flavours of grapefruit, tinned pears, fennel and nougat doing just enough to set the finish up...Read More
I had Mark Messenger over to my place today, tasting through a vertical of Cabernet Sauvignon. He’s just done 20 years at Juniper. Impressive. And a lovely chap too. Very modest and...Read More
Distinctly savoury notes with perfumed ripe plummy notes on the nose. The palate continues that slightly savoury character with grainy tannins and a lick of oak in support. 92/100
Ray Jordan, Top 100 Red...Read More
Winemaker Mark Messenger has blended all five Bordeaux red grape varieties to achieve this full-bodied fruit-driven wine. red and dark berry and violet aromas; chacuterie overtones, and a good firm tannin backbone. It's lovely...Read More
Medium to red/purple colour, with a violet and blueberry scented bouquet, which is lifted and aromatic. Very appealing. The wine is medium-bodied and nicely shaped, trim and balanced, with lots of...Read More
‘Mid to light yellow colour, and a nougat-like bouquet - liberal oak and lees and a fair bit of work has gone into this wine. It's intense and lively, fresh and brisk but also possessing...Read More
Curiously meaty, savoury - kinda like fermenting sausage - intertwined with deep set black fruit. Makes for a complex - and sometimes confronting - mix and mass of aromas. There's a latent toastiness from the oak, which is a...Read More
It's primarily Cabernet Sauvignon (90%, small additions of Cabernet Franc 5%, Malbec 2%, Merlot 2% and Petit Verdot) making up the balance.
Beautiful aromatic offering, it's all cedar and black fruit, set to seasoned oak...Read More
Classic regional Chardonnay, stone fruit a-plenty here with some oak derived spice bringing up the rear. There’s not as much definition on the palate as the Estate offering, yet the wine does...Read More
Juniper Estate started life as “Wright’s” back in 1973, one of the early pioneers of what we consider the Margaret River region. Juniper Estate is centred around the premium...Read More
‘No mistaking this as one that has spent some time in quality new oak (50% new French barriques for 10 months). The requisite vanilla, spice and nutty oak shining through here.
It’s a powerful wine, rich and...Read More
Single vineyard. Vines planted 1973. 90% cabernet sauvignon but cabernet franc (5%), malbec (2%), merlot (2%) and petit verdot make contributions. 457 dozen made. Released 4-5 years post...Read More
'It’s priced and made as an affordable early drinker, in a way, but it’s a jolly bit better than that.
Love this. The spread of berried fruit,...Read More
Deepish red/purple, good colour. The bouquet is meaty and savoury, charcuterie-like and attractive, with red and darker berry fruit flavours, firm tannins and solid, upright structure. Very good...Read More
Medium to full red colour with a good tint of purple. The bouquet is youthful but subdued, showing mellow wood-aged berries and good cabernet character. The wine is medium-bodied and has an...Read More
Restrained, aromatic red fruits. Quite elegant on the palate with high acidity and bright, spicy red fruits. Notes of sour cherry and cranberry. Surprisingly reserved in its expression. Elegant and...Read More
Delicate aromatics of lemon and fresh pear. The palate is restrained and classy. Poised flavours and mouth-watering acidity. A delicious, value drop!
90 points...Read More
Lovely richness and depth on the aroma. Pure, ripe dark fruits - a touch of Ribena and attractive blackberry. Bright acidity on the palate and gentle drying tannin. Medium-bodied with classic...Read More
The black, charcoal and ash of the label – and the name – reflects the tragic death of Roger Hill, founder of Juniper Estate, shortly after the ’13 vintage. By chance, a single...Read More
This is an exceptionally good cabernet by whatever standards you choose. It is extremely intense, yet its impact only catches you in a silken web, the tannins – while very much present...Read More
A cabernet sauvignon, merlot, malbec, cabernet franc, petit verdot blend, indirectly nodding to Bordeaux, part of the Acquitaine region. This oozes class from every pore, every inch along the...Read More
Hand-picked in small parcels from the estate Wilyabrup and Forest Grove vineyards, fermented and matured in French oak for 10 months before a barrel selection for this wine. Just when you think...Read More
The bouquet is very fragrant, and the palate exceedingly intense. Its epicentre is spicy red fruits, sour cherries part of the picture of a very juicy, elegant wine.
Drink to 2030
Estate-grown sauvignon blanc and semillon, hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed direct to French oak for wild fermentation and 10 months maturation. A very complex wine, initially oaky on the bouquet,...Read More
From dry-grown estate vineyards. Barrel fermentation and bottle development have given the wine a superb colour and mouthwatering complexity. First up is a distinct honey on toast richness, then...Read More
We aren't told anything about the meaning of 'small batch', but the back label says 'light, bright, juicy melon, peach, citrus, textural and juicy finish', and I'm not going to pick on a single...Read More
Has considerable attitude, but doesn't need to use strong-arm tactics. Red, black and sour cherries form a fruit threesome, fine-grained tannins providing the path for the fruit to follow.
There's a powder keg of activity happening with this wine, the spice and pepper notes provide the backdrop to the predominantly red-berried fruits of the fragrant bouquet and medium bodied palate....Read More
An attractive, fleshy, mouthfilling stainless steel-fermented sauvignon blanc that has a Christmas tree decorated by passionfruit, and the rest of the tropical fruit larder, all wrapped up in...Read More
A fresh, neatly assembled convoy of fruits and green pea/herbs within an overall greatcoat of tropical nuances. Needs time to expose itself.
Drink to 2021
91 points Special...Read More
Cane cutting gives rise to a very sweet palate due to the arms (canes) dehydrating, and using the berries as a convenient water storage facility. It has always seemed to me that the mouthfeel of...Read More
Good depth of colour with a smoky bacon-like, oak-driven bouquet. The wine is medium to full-bodied and firm in its tannins. The structure is good and the after-grip quite marked. Long, tannin...Read More
A delightful fruit-driven Cabernet: bramble, mulberry and blackcurrant fruit - dense, powerful, with an impressive depth of ripe fruit. Fleshy with fine balanced tannins.
Drink 2023 -...Read More
Five clones of Tempranillo are now planted in the estate's Forest Grove vineyard. Spicy redcurrant and blackberry, fleshy texture, finishing with balanced, firm, fine tannins.
Drink 2020 -...Read More
Mark Messenger's skillhas fashioned this blend with exhuberant tropical flavours, intense and pure. Enticing bouquet, satisfying, zesty finish. Drink 2018
'Very deep youthful colour still showing purple tints, the bouquet lovely and fresh and yet also complex, cassis, smoky oaky and black olive notes, with a strong cabernet signature. The wine is...Read More
Single vineyard Tempranillo matured in (old) French and American oak.
Oh yes please. We have a winner here. Gorgeously fruited. Bold but soft. Choc, black cherry and cola with outlier of...Read More
58/17/12/10/3 blend of cabernet sauvignon, malbec, merlot, cabernet franc and petit verdot. All into French oak, 40% new.
Satiny soft red wine. Oak has its hands all over the fruit. The 2013...Read More
Grown on the Forest Grove vineyard to the south of the (large) Margaret River region. 20% goes into barrel, the remainder into stainless steel.
Don’t be fooled by the mention of oak....Read More
'A marvellously elegant and stylish chardonnay. Beautiful fruit presentation is a feature on the palate. Oak has been well handled to add complexity and structureinto the mix. Minerally acid with...Read More
‘This is a delightful blend of the five Bordeaux red varieties showing a slightly different take on Margaret River. It’s quite a restrained and elegant style displaying such poise and...Read More
'One of the most stylish and elegant of Juniper's cabernets. Beautifully poised and presented with perfect tannin and oak integration. Leafy blackcurrant fruit with a trace of savoury tobacco leaf infusion. Comes off old...Read More
'This is a terrific example of classy Margaret River shiraz that has been sourced from now very mature old vines in the heart of the region. Perfumed notes with exotic spices float from the nose. A...Read More
The brambly red and blue fruits nose is a winner, and the touch of oak is a very positive quality factor. Intense fruit flavour flows the length of the palate which has a very pleasant savoury edge. Excellent value for money....Read More
‘Messenger has been working hard on this variety. It’s made using five different clones and in the supple fruity style of the Spanish crianza. Although it’s had 12 months in oak,...Read More
‘Predominantly cabernet with a small amount of merlot and malbec to add some flesh through the middle palate. This is a medium-bodied, bright and juicy cabernet with good varietal characters...Read More
‘Predominantly cabernet with a small amount of merlot and malbec to add some flesh through the middle palate. This is a medium-bodied, bright and juicy cabernet with good varietal characters...Read More
‘Always a consistent and thoroughly pleasing young savvy. Loads of tropical fruit with a little textural influence that comes from a small lees-stirring influence. Creamy but with a lift of...Read More
Very light, bright yellow hue and a nutty, creamy, lees and oak influenced bouquet. The palate is rich and seems sweet but it's just an illusion. It's quite a complex wine, in another league from...Read More
‘Grapefruit, snow pea, spice, almond and oatmeal, some passionfruit bouncing about in there too. Light bodied, juicy and mainly grapefruit and passionfruit, but with an...Read More
Harmony is the key here. This SBS is better balanced than an accountant's ledger. It has melon, citrus, herbs, cashew nuts and spicy oak bundled up in a seamless mix. Beautifully long and...Read More
The back label acknowledges 'subtle oak influence', which is correct. This is confidently fruit-driven, with grapefruit to the fore, accompanied by white peach and fresh acidity on the long palate. Simply delicious. Drink by...Read More
Notably lively, juicy and intense, with Meyer lemon, lemongrass and a whisper of passionfruit pervading both the bouquet and palate, the length amplified by crisp acidity. Great value.
Light straw-yellow hue. Very attractive nutty nougat-like aroma, with substantial underlying complexity. The oak is quite overt and it smells like new barrels. Appealing flavours, rich and...Read More
Plenty of white peach with nutty complexity. A mouthfilling style showing some oak on the finish. ★★★★
Juniper Chardies keep getting better. This is a beauty. Vibrant and precise through the palate
Ray Jordan, The Sunday Times, STM Magazine, Top Drops, 19.3.17
My wine of the tasting and no surprise given such a quality producer in a region considered by many to be the premium producer of Cabernet in Australia! Here the Cab has been blended with Malbec...Read More
Built for the long haul, this Margaret River cabernet upholds the integrity of primary red and blackcurrant fruit while beginning to evolve into an enticing spectrum of roast capsicum, cedar and...Read More
This is a blend of most of the Bordeaux varieties. It's a medium to full bodies wine with lovely expressions of fruit. Light and etheral aromas of floral red berry and light cedary. Slightly lighter body than the straight...Read More
Crunchy vibrant and so precise through the palate. This is quality Chardonnay. Mealy grapefruit aromas with a little vanilla pod. The palate is complete and deep with a fine lingering thread of acidity sustaining it perfectly....Read More
Shows all the marvellous virtues of Margaret River Cabernet. Blackcurrant aromas with a little black olive and dark chocolate influences. There's a grainy dusty earthiness on the palate which is...Read More
The strong blackcurrant varietal character is backed up by Médoc-like tobacco leaf notes. The palate is classic cabernet sauvignon – long, fine and firm. ****½ (Equal top)...Read More